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Posted: Wednesday, November 13th, 2013 1:12 PM HST

Employees: Frequent assaults at Hawaii hospital

By Associated Press

KANEOHE, Hawaii (AP) Some Hawaii State Hospital employees say frequent assaults from patients are keeping them away from work for months, even years.

Hawaii News Now reported Tuesday that according to the state, there have been 90 assaults of staff by patients as of the end of August at the state's only public mental hospital. Last year, there were 120 and in 2011 there were 132.

Dr. Scott Miscovich is treating employees who have been injured at the hospital in the last eight months. He says he can't send them back to a dangerous environment.

Mark Fridovich is the adult mental health administrator for the state and oversees the hospital. He says when there's an assault, there's immediate follow-up to determine what can be done to increase safety.

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